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Everything posted by ruca2

  1. I'm sure he took many factors into account including donor capacity, pattern of loss, and age. If the patient was 23 I might agree about his youth but at 33 his pattern of loss is becoming more apparent. He's an ethical surgeon and plans for the future. Most guys on this forum would never be able to get this result because most guys don't have this minimal loss, graft thickness, or donor capacity that this patient does. It's a skill to tailor your surgical plan to each individual patient that not all hair restoration surgeons excel at. Dr Konior certainly does and must have deemed this patient
  2. Yes this is referring only to the donor area. There is no difference in the two techniques after the extractions. The implantation of grafts is the same and both will look better with longer hair in the recipient area.
  3. If you keep your hair at a 2/3 gaurd on top with a 0/1 fade on the sides you should definitely reconsider hair transplantation. Most if not all transplants need some length to camoflouge non-native density. Hair transplants can never achieve native density before any hair loss. They use a layering effect to create the illusion of density. This works better when the hair is longer on top. If your mind is made up on restoring your hairline then I would recommend changing your hairstyle from the buzzcut. Especially if you're going to Diep. He recently has been transplanting in rows and his angles
  4. Based on your recent pictures it is highly unadvisable to transplant into your crown first. We understand this bothers you more than anything but you need to take our advice and avoid this plan. If you're seeking consults from Konior, Bloxham, or H&W I'm sure they will advise you to start with a very conservative hairline to frame your face. You'll get good density and they will transplant into a gradient going backwards to midscalp. Your crown probably won't be able to get touched in the first surgery. Eventually it will have to be a thin crown with some coverage but low density. You're y
  5. Dr Raymond Konior. Chicago Hair Institute. There's not much else to say. If you have the money he is your best option. He will divise a plan for the long term and give you an excellent restoration. Like others have mentioned it's better to start in the front and work backwards.
  6. The new format looks great but I'm getting a blank screen when hitting the menu button. Anyone else mention having this issue?
  7. Honestly, chalk up the $1000 deposit to research purposes and switch to Hasson. Remember, you only get one donor so if Diep implants in the cornrow grid-like pattern and you are unhappy with the result, then you have to have a repair. Thus, spending way more than the initial deposit but more importantly using more grafts unnecessarily that could have been used if you need more work in the future to due MPB progression. Read through the recent comments on Diep threads and that should highlight why many are unhappy with his work and some even with his ethics.
  8. You don't lose hair in this pattern or any pattern for that matter by styling your hair a certain way. Sure, constantly straightening it may damage the actual hair but it doesn't affect the follicle. When that hair goes through its normal cycle it grows back as strong terminal hair. You have male pattern baldness and it will continue without intervention. I know it seems crazy to think but it's all genetic and you have no control over whether you're DHT sensitive follicles genetic code gets turned on. We're not trying to scare you but take the advice of everyone here and see a dermatologist. D
  9. @hybonix I think you have made a well informed decision. This is a change that will alter your appearance for the rest of your life. If you can get it right the first time, that is an exceptional feat in this industry. You've come to the right place and are doing your research. That is commendable in my opinion. Dr. Diep is a lightening rod on this forum and for good reason. His older results dating back 3 or more years seem to be more desirable. He wasn't implanting in such defined rows back then. There was still a pattern but his density could usually disguise it well enough. I would definit
  10. @Moses121 Dr Konior is elite at both FUE and FUT. He also excels at donor management and planning for the future. Essentially, there's nothing in the hair restoration world that he doesn't excel at.
  11. Dr Konior mentioned that I have at least 3000 grafts that could be extracted by FUE. I currently wear my hair short on the sides. 0.5 guard at the nape faded up to a 1, then 2 guard. I'm sure if I needed to I could get more grafts via FUT and wear it longer on the sides. Hopefully it never has to come to that though.
  12. @LonelyGraft yea I was taking 1mg Propecia for prob the first 10-15 years. I now take 1.25mg cut from 5mg finasteride. 5507 grafts to be exact. Total rebuild and lowering of hairline, along with temples and temple point reconstruction. Crown shows no signs of loss anymore and midscalp is strong. I am always cognizant that I may recede behind the transplant but I've shown such a strong propensity for the DHT blocking mechanism of finasteride that it is unlikely. And if I do I have much more in the bank for future restorations.
  13. @LonelyGraft At 18 years old I was a 2 with some slight crown loss. I luckily noticed early and got on finasteride. This brought back my crown but the recession up front continued. So at age 37 before any transplants and after being on finasteride for almost 20 years I was a 3.
  14. @Taken4Granted I wouldn't worry about the one red area. Probably just a bit of excess blood/coagulation factors that accumulated after you left the office. Worse case one graft may have become dislodged but will not have any effect on final appearance of the restoration. It's a very emotional journey and there will be times you get discouraged, especially during the ugly duckling phase. Just remember you chose a great surgeon and the end result will be worth the wait. Halloween would be a bit optimistic in my opinion. You may have a few random sprouts but don't get your hopes up. Since this is
  15. The work looks pristine. I think you'll be very happy with the outcome. Post-op pictures look as clean as you can achieve. Based on your description of the discussion, the graft implantation angles and density achieved, I'm fairly certain I know who you went to. He's more impressive in person then the forum can convey. Great choice. Look forward to following your journey.
  16. you can take solace in the fact that you’re getting it right on the first attempt. Dr. K is the best in the world and he will not steer you wrong as it comes to your donor area and future loss. It wouldn't be of much value to get a microscopic evaluation of your donor. It’s more of a qualitative assessment by just looking at it and using his years of experience to make sound judement for donor management. As stressful as it may seem leading up to surgery you’re in the best of hands so just try and relax and enjoy the journey knowing that you choose wisely.
  17. @ciaus I appreciate your opinion/2cents. I agree that my input isn't helping the original poster very much at this moment. My apologies if my response came off harsh or unempathetic. I've been around the hair transplant industry for awhile now and just feel concern about how certain clinics are treating their patients. It just hits a nerve seeing all these more recent Diep cases where there are obvious shortcuts taken that leave the patients in less than optimal condition after their procedure. I am only trying to warn other potential patients that would be reading this thread that it isn
  18. Diep takes shortcuts, his technique is sloppy, his donor harvesting is very questionable, and the implanted rows may look unnatural when they grow out. There's another Diep patient that posted recently who's around the 6 month mark and his "rows" are very noticeable. Try searching the forum for recent Diep patients. A patient should never be sent home with streaks of blood running down their head. However, if that happened then it should have been taken care of immediately upon returning to their office for the wash. Do your left and right sides look similar in their implanting pattern? I know
  19. It looks like scabbing that just softened because of the water. I wouldn't be too concerned.
  20. I'm definitely experiencing slower growth on my third transplant. My first was a small transplant and I wasn't paying as close attention to regrowth times. My second transplant I'm not even kidding that I had about 95% sprouted by the end of my 4th month. Most of which was thick terminal hair by 5 months. I am a little more than a week shy of 5 months on my third transplant and have maybe 50% sprouted and 30% matured. I'm not worried but just interesting to see the difference between the growth rates. I also note that the least amount of growth so far is closet to where the previous transplant
  21. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but that right side really does look awkward. This is a very good indication that his pattern of implanting grafts in straight rows might not look great when grown out as well. You're still extremely early in the process and it may be exacerbated by pulling on the hair but it doesn't look right at the moment. Actually resembles the old mini grafts a bit because all you see is straight rows of hair which doesn't happen in nature. Very questionable as to why he would do this. Efficiency or convience would be my guess because he is obviously capable of producing st
  22. I'm sorry but we are just going to disagree as I can tell you are steadfast in your theory of FUT being far superior to FUE yield. You state you're basing your "opinion" on scientific facts right? So, let's take a closer look at what you stated in your rebuttal. You said "The facts of the the science behind the surgery is that FUE grafts have less supportive tissue due to the small punch size which decreases the likelihood of graft survival and takes less stem cell from the transplanted grafts." This statement shows me you know nothing about the "science" behind hair transplantation. There are
  23. He said he didn't want it lowered under where his current hairline reaches so not sure why you would give him this hairline. Also, you thinking 1500 grafts will give adequate density dropping his hairline 2cms is just plain wrong. Please don't take this advice.
  24. Just spray the grafts when the itching becomes unbearable. You'll get some relief but it doesn't last long. Spraying won't hurt anything so feel free to spray as much as necessary. It will eventually dissipate but the first week is difficult for sure.
  25. FUE being hit or miss is an antiquated take on a very viable extraction technique. It comes down to surgeon selection. If a patient does their research and chooses an ethical, well established surgeon with years of experience then the technique doesn't matter. Both will yield similar results in the hands of of skilled surgeon. Now whether or not you think a patient needs to start with FUT to maximize donor capacity is a different argument. That usually comes down to donor characteristics and not actually dependent of extraction method. Your experience with FUE may have been negative but I don'